The RCP’s work

The RCP’s work in academic medicine and research is based on two principles. Firstly, we must support the membership to utilise and participate in health research activities, to help embed a culture of research in the NHS. Secondly, the experience and expertise of the membership must underpin the RCP’s advocacy role. Based on these principles, our work in academic medicine and research aims to:

  • help to make the NHS a better home for research by providing greater support to the research-active and research-interested membership
  • ensure that the RCP has a strong voice in relation to health research
  • strengthen the RCP’s profile in the field and its relationships with key stakeholders
  • develop opportunities and mechanisms to ensure that the membership is engaged with the RCP’s work in this area.

To deliver on these aims we must work with external stakeholders, for example through meetings, events and consultation responses. We must also ensure that we work internally to provide valuable and informative events, resources and support to the membership.

The RCP’s mission in academic medicine is led by a vice president and coordinated via the Research and Academic Medicine Committee (RAMC). The current academic vice president is Professor John Wass MD FRCP. The committee works to raise awareness of the importance of clinical academic medicine, acting as a source of mentorship and guidance. Over the last 5 years the RAMC has:

  • produced position statements designed to assist its academic mission in various areas focusing principally on training and increasing engagement in clinical research
  • conducted the first wide-scale survey of trainees in academic medicine with annual surveys since then, focusing on further increasing training and engagement in clinical research
  • encouraged all NHS physicians to initiate or collaborate on high-quality research project
  • hosted the largest annual meeting of trainee clinician scientists in the UK, alongside the Academy of Medical Sciences.

This work is embedded in the RCP’s wider policy work, which aims to progress the RCP’s mission to improve standards.

Further information

For enquiries relating to academic medicine and the RCP’s work in this area, please contact:
Alison Lightbourne, senior policy adviser:

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